Lincolnshire

Gainsborough recycling centre fire 'seen from miles away'

Fire at Gainsborough Image copyright Theresa Parr
Image caption The plume of smoke was visible from 20 miles away, eyewitnesses estimated

A blaze at a former waste recycling centre sent a large plume of smoking billowing into the air above Lincolnshire.

Three fire engines and 15 firefighters tackled the fire on Summergangs Lane in Gainsborough.

Local residents said the smoke could be seen from as far as 20 miles (32km) away.

Watch Commander Darren Stones said the fire, which started at 06:30 BST, has caused traffic problems in the town.

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Image caption The fire started at a former waste recycling centre in Gainsborough near the town's railway station

Eyewitness James Chantry said: "I am at Tuxford which is 20 miles away and I can see it as plain as day from where I am. It is quite prominent against the skyline."

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